Ask Pastor John: Is It Sinful to Seek Fame Online?

With a New Year comes a lot of new resolve and new goals and renewed life purpose — all a good thing. In the vein of this discussion, we have an email question over social media platforms and the pursuit of Christian fame (if we can call it that). Daniel writes in to ask this: “Pastor John, is it a sin to desire to be famous? In this day of blogging, Instagram stories, and all the social media outlets out there, I feel like I’m seeing this growing desire to be famous, even ‘Christian famous’ — … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Sin Means to Miss the Mark?

The word “sin”, as it appears in the Bible, comes from the Greek word Hamartia or the Hebrew word Hata, which both mean “to miss the mark” or “flawed”.   The word was used in archery and spear throwing.  When a person missed the center of the target, they erred, or “hamartia-ed”. So, as this applies to sin, we should ask, “What is the mark that we are missing?” And the answer is: The holy righteous perfection of God. When it comes to missing that mark, we’re not just veering off a little and ba … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: A Way Out

“I just remember loading my syringe stronger and stronger each time, just wanting a way out of this, and the only way for me was to kill myself.” For Anthony, the abandonment of his earthly father led him to seek comfort in the atmosphere of gay bars and the rollercoaster high of designer drugs. After hearing the gospel, the darkness that shrouded Anthony’s life was overtaken by the true hope and new life found in Jesus.“I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. And, my mom and dad divorced whe … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 181: Judas the Betrayer

[display_podcast]It’s getting real. Real fast.As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, something in the last few days of Jesus’ final week triggered Judas to do the unthinkable.You talk about someone selling their soul to the devil, literally or figuratively? Well, Judas did both. Judas sold his soul to the devil, literally and figuratively.“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.” (Luke 22:3) Why here? Why now? Why this?In order to answer these and addi … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 180: The Sheep and the Goats

 [display_podcast]Let me tell you! If you want to see in crystal-clarity the character and the heart of God, this is it. Right here, right now, in real time, in this PODCAST.This in a breathtaking public display for all the world to see, at which the whole world will marvel. The broken heart of our God whom Peter described as “not wanting anyone to be destroyed (a word that means to destroy fully, to bring to nothing) but (who) wants everyone to repent.”This portrait of our G … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Why You Believe or Don’t Believe In God?

In Matthew 16, Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”They answered, “Well some say John the Baptist, or Elijah or another prophet.”And He said, “But who do you say that I am?”Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!”And Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-20) Anyone who worships Jesus as God believes because God ha … [Read more...]